Plug-In Electric Car Sales Canada April 2015


BMW i3

BMW i3

It’s time once again to take a look at plug-in electric vehicle sales in Canada.

For the month of April, the Nissan LEAF set an all-time record for single-month sales in Canada with 127 LEAFs sold.

Sales of the Chevrolet Volt improved by 1 unit over March for a total of 69 sold in April.

Meanwhile, the BMW i3 shot up the charts with 63 sold in April.  Typically monthly volume is in the 20-30 unit range.

There was one more strong performer in Canada.  The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with typically monthly sales in Canada in the single digits, sold 20 units in April in Canada.  At 20 units, more i-MiEVs were sold in Canada last month then in the U.S.

Turning our attention to Tesla, here are the known Tesla Model S sales figures for 2015 in Canada. For January 2015, 99 were registered. In February of this year, only 48 were registered.  However, in March an incredible 250 Model S sedans were registered – which makes it the best selling EV in Canada though April (regardless of April’s result which is not yet available.  Our estimate puts Model S sale at approximately 60-80 units for the month of April.

Here are the rest of the March’s results from the typically low-volume sellers in Canada:

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: Unknown at this time, no longer reported for Canada (We estimate ~3-5 units)
  • Cadillac ELR: 1

Ford’s PHEV sales are unknown at this time. Typical monthly volume is ~ 20 C-Max Energis and ~10 Fusion Energis. Likewise, Focus Electric sales are small, in the single digits most months and sometimes even zero.

We have no sales data on the other remaining plug-in electric models.

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8 Comments on "Plug-In Electric Car Sales Canada April 2015"

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Ridiculously small numbers, we need zero emission laws all over the continent!


Looks like Canadians bought more I3’s and Imeivs than the US per capita last month. Just a shade less Volts and Leafs. Thats pretty good considering we dont have a federal tax rebate of even 1$…

Jeff Songster

Seems Canadian wisely gather around the metro areas more than us US types… the small battery electrics like the iMiev, i3, and the LEAF are great for that. For all the distance drivers the Tesla’s are the only real choice. If they would finish the trans Canada Supercharger net that would likely boost sales.


’cause Canadians are still waiting for the Kia Soul EV!


we have the kia ,we only have two wait 4 two 6 months ! we have 8000$ stat credit income.

eco Logical

We have NO FEDERAL INCENTIVES FOR EVs in Canada thanks to the Harper (Conservative) Government’s head being firmly inserted into the (oil) sand. I applaud President Obama for vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline but more needs to be done … that dirty (toxic) oil (bitumen) is still being shipped by rail. If Americans boycotted the toxic bitumen completely maybe that’d wake up our Canadian politicians and (hopefully) get their heads out of the (oil) sand!

David S.

What about the smart ED?

Interesting that while sales of the Leaf are faltering in the US, they’re being sold in record numbers in Canada. Why is that happening if gas prices have fallen so low as to send Americans running back to their coveted SUVs? It’s simple. Because Canadian gas prices took a bit of a dip a few months ago, but are heading right back into their old levels rather quickly. Besides the possible, popular explanation that we’re being taken for a ride by greedy oil companies, we’re told that this is thanks to the value of our dollar taking a huge hit from the drop in oil prices. We have to sell that oil for US dollars (at depressed prices), where it’s refined more cheaply than we can refine it here before re-importing it as gasoline. Again, at US dollar rates, but this time making a conversion to depressed Canadian dollars. And then, taxes of course. But that part hasn’t changed in the past 8 months. So as a result, I’d be paying $1.349 a litre for gas this morning if I owned a gas-guzzler. Keep in mind that I live in the region with the most expensive gas in Canada (because… Read more »